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Tales from the tombstones

10 October 2016

A brave sailor killed by a notorious pirate, an orphan minstrel who busked across Canada, and men who created landmark buildings in the Great Yarmouth area are among the hundreds of people buried in the town’s churchyard.

And a special guided walk this month will bring their fascinating stories to life again.

Silver Darlings are hallmark of fishing heritage

22 March 2016

A small silver creature is swimming back into the hearts – and stomachs – of a seaside town where it once fed a fishing boom. The humble herring is woven into the history of Great Yarmouth, where millions of them were hauled ashore by a fleet of “drifter” boats that filled the harbour. By the early 20th century the fishing grounds off Great Yarmouth were the most productive in the world and the port was the most important in the country. That fleet is now down to a handful, but the fish – known as Silver Darlings – are again proving a popular, healthy dish that provides an authentic taste of the area's seafaring heritage.

Timelss lure of seafront snails and scenic railway

14 March 2016

They are the white knuckle seafront rides that unleash a rollercoaster of emotions and memories across the generations and their timeless fairground fun is also playing a key role in the future of a leading UK holiday resort. A mile along the golden sands the wooden rollercoaster towering above the Pleasure Beach goes back even further, to 1932, when it moved lock stock and barrel from a Paris exhibition. The rides are also an important part of the modern-day mix at Great Yarmouth, helping to attract return visitors and first-timers alike.

Explore heritage open days in the borough of Great Yarmouth

1 September 2015

Great Yarmouth Heritage Open Days 10 to 13 September 2015 host an exciting programme of free tours and drop in events in the Borough of Great Yarmouth during Heritage Open Days weekend, Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September.